Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Graphic Novel Review - War and Pieces (Fables, Book 11) by Bill Willingham (5/5 stars)

Reading Level: Adult
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Graphic Novel
Size: 192 pages
Publisher: Vertigo
Release Date: November 25, 2008
ISBN-13: 978-1401219130
Stand Alone or Series: 11th book in the Fables series
Source: Gift
Rating: 5/5 stars

This is the 11th book in the Fables series and brings us to the battle between Fabletown and the Adversary. It was an excellent continuation in this series and ties up a number of things that the series has been building up to.

The book starts with a story that deals with Cinderella and her mission to recover a certain missing fable. After that we quickly get into the main story of the epic war between the Fables and the Adversary.

The illustration was very in keeping with previous installments; very well done and fits the tone of the story nicely. It’s never hard to follow what is going on and the characters have wonderful facial expressions.

This is the issue we have all been waiting to read. Finally we see the Fables engage the Adversary in war. It’s the Fables huge dirigible like machine supported by flying carpets with buttloads of ammo versus the Adversary’s dragons. At first it looks like technology will win the day, but the Adversary has some tricks up its sleeve.

There is some great humor in the story. Boy Blue and Prince Charming feature in much of the war scenes. We also hear a lot from Snow, Bigby, Rose Red, the Emperor, and the Snow Queen.

Lots of breath-taking action scenes and the Fables/fairy tales are woven into the story in many clever ways. I loved the way Briar Rose uses her “power”.

Overall one of the best installments in this series so far. I am curious as to what will be next for the Fables and can’t wait to read Dark Ages. Highly recommended to fans of fantasy/urban fantasy graphic novels.

This book goes towards the following reading challenges:
- Graphic Novel Challenge
- Horror and Urban Fantasy Challenge
- 150+ Books Reading Challenge
- TBR Pile Reading Challenge

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